At first, I felt silly doing this because I would make these declarations while I was smoking. However, within about a week of changing my confession, I realized I now had the grace of God to quit smoking.
What I learned from this experience is I cannot rise above my own confession. And I discovered it takes two things to get the mouth under control: a lot of help from God as well as discipline and self-control.
God taught me to talk like Him.
Proverbs 18:21 (AMPC) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” And Hebrews 4:14 (AMP) says that Jesus is our great High Priest and we should “hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior].”
The word confession means “to say the same thing as.” As the High Priest of our confession, Jesus can only do what we’re saying that agrees with His Word. So it’s vital for us as Christians to learn how to speak the Word of God and not just say things based on our feelings or what other people have said about us.